Lewis feeling good as camp opens for Rangers

SURPRISE, Ariz. – One of the best sights for Texas Rangers fans Tuesday came on the backfield at the Surprise Recreation Complex.

New catcher A.J. Pierzynski was playing catch with right-hander Colby Lewis.

It was a sight Rangers fans look forward to seeing sometime this summer. So far, Lewis and his right flexor tendon are cooperating.

Lewis, who had surgery to repair his right flexor tendon last July 27, is now playing catch from 120 feet. He will meet with team doctor Keith Meister Wednesday to determine the next step in his rehab.

“We’ll map it out and get on the throwing program,” Lewis said. “As for the offseason it’s been three times a week and increasing by 15 feet and moving on.”

Lewis said his arm is feeling good but he knows there’s no point in trying to rush his return, which could come in late May or early June. Lewis hasn’t set a target date and is confident the Rangers, who haven’t settled on a fifth starter, will be fine until he returns.

“It’s a good opportunity for the guys to get in there and get a spot and prove maybe they’re ready to take advantage of the fifth spot,” Lewis said. “I just want to get back, get healthy and try to contribute whatever way I can. Hopefully it’s in the rotation and not on the bench.”

Pierzynski adjusting

Catcher A.J. Pierzynski was met at his locker Tuesday by members of the Chicago media who wanted to rehash his eight years with the White Sox.

The reality that he’s no longer playing for Chicago is sinking in for Pierzynski, who worked with his new pitchers Tuesday and caught the bullpen of Derek Holland.

“Obviously when I signed here it was bittersweet because of being in some place for such a long time,” he said. “Knowing that Texas wanted me from Day 1 was nice. Until you walk into a new clubhouse it’s always going to be a new step and a big difference. It’s always a little bit awkward walking into a new place. I’ll learn fast and go from there.”